Back in the offseason, the Nashville Predators announced that goalie Marek Mazanec had voided his contract, in order to sign with HC Slovan Bratislava of the KHL, and deserted the NHL.
Mazanec and the Predators agreed to void the one year, two-way $650,000 deal that he signed back on July 21. The deal was also worth $100,000 at the AHL level. He then signed a one-year deal with Slovan Bratislava for the 2017-18 season.
Now that the contract is over with Slovan Bratislava, his agent has revealed that the goalie now wants to come back to the NHL...
Mazanec was taken in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Preds. The Czech goaltender only appeared in 31 games in his three-year career with Nashville. His last win was back in 2014, during his rookie year when he played in 25 of those 31 games, seeing that start Pekka Rinne’s season was shortened by injury. Mazanec only appeared in six more games over the last two years.
In 31 NHL games for the Preds, Mazanec posted an 8-13-4 record with a less than stellar .895 Sv%.
Maybe Mazanec has heard that some teams, including the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers and Edmonton Oilers have been looking for a backup goalie, and wants to try to come back in the NHL with this perfect timing.